Interactive CO-learning for Research Engagement and Education (I-COREE) Curriculum to Build Capacity Between Community Partners and Academic Researchers

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Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong
Roschelle L. Fritz
Junghee Lee
Christine Lau
Cang Le
Jane Kim
Holden Leung
Thai Hien Nguyen
Jacqueline Leung
Tuong Vy Le
Anthony M. Truong
Julie Postma
Renee Hoeksel
Catherine Van Sona


The voice of diverse communities continues to be minimal in academic research. Few models exist for education and training of new research topics and terminology and building partnership capacity in community-engaged research. Little is known about integrative education and training when building participatory research partnerships for sustainability and developing trust and rapport. Community partners at an Asian community-based health and social services center in a large metropolitan area wanted to explore the cultural context of a health-assistive smart home that monitors and auto-alerts with changes in health. With historical and recent rising trends in culturally insensitive research in several diverse communities, the concept of technology-enabled monitoring in the privacy of one’s home brings uncertainty. Academic nurse researchers and community partners co-created a culturally safe integrative education and training curriculum, the Interactive CO-learning for Research Engagement and Education (I-COREE). The purpose was to design, implement, and evaluate the curriculum to respond to the community partners’ needs to create a culturally safe space through an integrative education and training to facilitate building partnership capacity for research engagement including developing trust and rapport and addressing uncertainties in health-assistive technologies. Popular education tenets informed the curriculum. Twelve academic and community partners participated, four were team teachers who co-led the session. Implementation of the experiential, multimodal co-learning activities were conducted within ahalf-day. The curriculum evaluation indicated that it helped bridge critical conversations about partners’ fears of the unknown, approach culturally sensitive topics safely, and trust and rapport. Key elements may be translatable to other partnerships.

Keywords: community, academic-community partnership, building capacity, trust, rapport, culturally safe, sustainability, education, training, curriculum



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